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Word of the Day
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Definitions for concatenation

  1. a series of interconnected or interdependent things or events.
  2. the act of concatenating.
  3. the state of being concatenated; connection, as in a chain.

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Citations for concatenation
We're nothing but “a fortuitous concatenation of atoms.” Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Ingleside, 1939
Owing to an unfortunate concatenation of circumstances, Stilton is viewing me with concern. He has got the idea rooted in his bean that I've come down here to try to steal Florence from him. P. G. Wodehouse, Joy in the Morning, 1946
Origin of concatenation
Concatenation comes straight from the Late Latin noun concatēnātiō (stem concatēnātiōn-) “connection, sequence” (literally “chaining together”), a derivation of catēna “chain.” The Italian and Spanish words for “chain” (catena and cadena, respectively) far more closely resemble the Latin original than does the modern French chaîne (the English source for “chain”), which passed through the stages chaeine (Old French), from caeine (Old North French), from Latin catēna. Concatenation entered English in the early 17th century.